Messi dou­ble

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de­fence with Mikel Lustig look­ing par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to the runs of Jordi Alba and Ney­mar.

Alba was then the provider as his cross from the left found Ivan Rakitic lurk­ing in the box but the Croa­t­ian in­ter­na­tional sent his header bounc­ing into the turf and over the bar.

Ney­mar was given space to play a won­der­ful lofted pass to Messi, who crashed a sub­lime shot on the half-vol­ley in off the near post.

The hosts tried to re­spond and had their first shot on tar­get in the 37th minute when Moussa Dem­bele stung the palms of Marc An­dre ter Ste­gen with a fierce strike.

Only a su­perb save from Gor­don stopped Suarez from adding a sec­ond be­fore the break as he blocked a point-blank header from the Uruguayan in­ter­na­tional with his body.

Celtic lost Scott Sin­clair to in­jury at the break but his re­place­ment James For­rest cre­ated Celtic’s best op­por­tu­nity when he picked out Dem­bele with a cross but the in­form French for­ward sent a tame header straight to ter Ste­gen.

It was to prove costly as Barcelona dou­bled their ad­van­tage mo­ments later.

Suarez got on the wrong side of Emilio Iza­guirre and the Celtic de­fender hauled him to the ground to earn a penalty that Messi sent straight down the mid­dle to score his 502nd goal for the Cata­lan gi­ants. – AFP

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (left) has a shot blocked by Celtic’s Emilio Iza­guirre yes­ter­day. –

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